STAFFORD CT: The Twisted Tea Open 80 was the 2nd of 3 events for the Open Modified division at the Stafford Motor Speedway. Twenty four cars would show in support of the event to be split into 3 heat races. Cam McDermott, Eric Goodale, and Matt Galko would take down heat wins. NASCAR Monster Energy Cup driver, Ryan Preece would be in the field to surprise the fans in his #6 car on the Cup series off-week.
The race got off to a quick start as Galko and Williams would lead the field to green. Galko would take a commanding lead as a leak from the #50 car of Williams would check up the field, and the 50 would come down pit road. Dowling would chase down Galko only giving him 5 laps in the light and would take over the top spot with 75 laps remaining.
A caution would fly 21 laps in and on the ensuing restart Ryan Preece would take over the lead from Dowling and look to check out for awhile. As most of the field would pit, Preece would continue in the lead. Barrett, who would pit before anyone else, would then be the chaser to Preece and started to close hard until a caution with about 25 laps remaining would fly and Preece would make the call to come to pit road. This gave the lead to Tommy Barrett, but that was short lived as Matt Galko looked to take the lead on the popular pit strategy and check out. Ryan Preece however, would not give up. A caution would fly with 10 to go. Preece with the 20 or so lap fresher tires would be too strong for Galko. “I gave it all I had guys, I’m sorry.” said a dejected Galko over the radio, as he knew it was just about written off. Preece would pull away with the victory, with Goodale, Galko, Narducci in the Baldwin 7NY, and Dowling in the top 5. This was by far the best Open 80 yet to date.
The crowd was also pleased with a bunch of great NASCAR Weekly division races with probably Stafford's best night of the season so far. Tom Fearn would lead 1 lap in the Late Models, and that was the last one, to win by .001 over rookie Cliff Saunders, who already has a win this season. Ryan Fearn would finish 3rd. The SK division was highlighted by a winless streak ending, with Todd Owen taking down the win, with Christopher Jr and Rocco watching him cross the line from the podium. In a good SK race. The SK Light division was a crowd pleaser. Bryan Narducci would cross the line first after a big bump and run on Chapman, but would be penalized for contact from the win and Mark Bakaj would cross the line 2nd, and take the win. Hodgdon, and Chapman would be the podium. The SK Lites have been consistently the best show of Stafford’s race night over all the past two seasons. Stafford has recognized this and moved them later in the night on the race card. We can hope they would add laps to this division as it might ease some of the mad dash to the front that can result in accidents and would give some more entertainment time for the fans. Twenty five laps or even thirty would be awesome. Zach Robinson would continue his dominance in the Street Stock Division in the Anderson Family car, making it 3 wins on the season, and 2 in a row for the youngster. The tech officials would take his motor, but earlier in the week was found perfectly legal. Robinson looks to make it 3 in a row this Friday night. Matt Clement would take down the win in the Limited Late Model feature, also making it 3 wins for him.
WEST LEBANON NY- Saturday the Valley of Speed, Lebanon Valley Speedway was a great night of hard racing. Lots of 3 and 4 wide moves, passes and bumping and banging all night while getting dirty at this fast high banked half mile dirt oval. The Big Block mods would be an action packed race with some restarts and lots of hungry drivers looking to get into Victory Lane. There was rain between heats and features and the track would have to be reworked. Drivers and teams would have to change set ups trying to predict track conditions. In the end Paul Gilardi would start first and end first defending his spot during greens and multiple restarts for his 7th Big Block win. Upstate GMC Dealers/DMC Racing Products Modified Feature Results (30 laps): 1) Paul Gilardi, 2) Eddie Marshall, 3) L.J. Lombardo, 4) Kenny Tremont Jr., 5) Brian Berger, 6) Kyle Armstrong, 7) Peter Britten, 8) Keith Flach, 9) Demetrios Drellos, 10) Andy Bachetti,
The 358 Small Block Modifieds would also put on a great race with hard battles, slid jobs and drag races on the straights. Alan Houghtaling would start from the pole, run great and look to have the filed under control. But back in the battle field Brett Haas and Andy Bachetti would be dicing up the pack coming through and putting shows on. Haas would get to Houghtaling and make a move and get by. The whole time this was going down Bachetti was the tail that wagged the dog right behind Haas looking for number 6 of the year. But Haas would pull away and claim win number two of 2019. Small Block Modified Feature Results (24 laps): 1) Brett Haas, 2) Andy Bachetti, 3) J.R. Heffner, 4) Alan Houghtaling, 5) Brian Sandstedt,
The Sportsman Modifieds would run two races, one being a make up. Connecticut's Nikki Oulette would start up front after the rain robbed her of a commanding lead a couple weeks before for the conclusion of this make up race. Rob Maxon would be the man on the move coming from 9th and after a restart would get the lead never looking back. Sportsman Feature No. 1 (completed feature from 6/1, 20 laps): 1) Rob Maxon, 2) Nikki Ouellette, 3) John Stowell, 4) Karl Barnes, 5) Robby Knipe,
Sportsman race number two would also be a good show. Jeff Watson would take the lead of early and successfully fend of multiple attempts to be place in second spot. There would be a big pile up on lap 8 but everyone would continue. Maxon would also be on the move in this feature fighting drivers and his car to come through the pack, he started 15th and by half way was up to 3rd. He would get 2nd but never catch Watson. Sportsman Feature No. 2 Results (20 laps): 1) Jeff Watson, 2) Rob Maxon, 3) John Virgilio, 4) Peter Carlotto, 5) Whitey Slavin,
The Prostocks would duke it our for 23 laps, an early yellow would allow Nick Hilt to move up and claim so more spots on the restarts. There would be multiple battles for spots, back and fourth switching of spots in the top part of the field. In the end Hilt would grab his first win since 2014. Pro Stock 7th Annual Bubba Tanner Classic Results (23 laps): 1) Nick Hilt, 2) Jason Casey, 3) Nick Arnold, 4) Rob Yetman, 5) Chad Jeseo,
The Purestocks would see Scott Morris and Ray Hall Sr. each respectively win a feature. Over all it was a great night of hard racing with lots of action and great moves thought the night. For the $11 ticket price a fans get an incredible bargain with a night like Saturdays with no low in the action besides mother natures hour delay. Be sure to come and check out some great racing on Saturdays!
CLAREMONT NH- The VMRS hit the Claremont Speedway on Friday also, with 11 cars at the track, Mike Willis Jr would take back his points lead, winning the 100 lap feature. “I was just biding my time, and with 20 to go, I had to go” said Willis, who led the field to green, but quickly fell to the third position. The win would be the first for Willis on the VMRS, and the 2nd in tour type competition, both of his wins coming at the Claremont Speedway, winning the Tri Track race, last year. Willis now leads the points heading into the next event at Loudon the “Magic Mile” this weekend, for the New England Short Track Showdown.
LOUDON NH- This weekend the VMRS, PASS, and many other series will take on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway the Daytona of the Northeast.for the Short Track Showdown event. The event will feature, Street Stocks 25 laps, Super Streets 25 laps , PASS Super Late Models 50, Weekly Modifieds 25 laps, Mini Stocks 25 laps, and the main event with the ground pounding Tour Modifieds of the MRS for 50 laps. The weather looks great, everything starts Saturday, and will wrap up Sunday with the 50 lap Modified $5,000 to win event ending the weekend. Practice Starts 9 AM Saturday and runs all day, heats for Saturday features Start at 3:30. Practice Sunday starts at 9:00, heats at 12:30 and features around 2:00. MRS is grateful for the support of longtime Series sponsors, Hoosier Tire East, and New England Race Fuel (Sunoco) ,Northeast Race Cars and Parts. This years 50-lap MRS main event will pay $5.000.00 to the race winner. PASS with $4K to win weekly Mods with $2,500 to win. There are entry lists out there and drivers are also expected to show up race day and enter as well. BW
Pre Registered Entries For Loudon MRS
6/18/19. 5:00 PM
00 Chase Dowling. Roxbury CT
09 Brad VanHouten Wading River NY
1 Andrew Molleur Shelton CT
4. Jeffrey Gallup Feeding Hills MA
12MA Rob Richardi, Jr. Taunton, MA
13 Cameron Sontag Sterling, MA
17 Donnie Lashua Canaan, NH
19 David Schneider Huntington, NY
20 Max Zachem Preston, CT
22 Roy Seidell East Hampton, MA
25 Ronnie Williams Ellington, CT
25CT Anthony Flannery IV. East Hampton, CT
25NH Brian Robie Sunapee, NH
27 Derek Robbie Bellingham, MA
27MA. Kevin Iannarelli Shirley, MA
33 Bill Dixon N. Waterboro, ME
34 Dave Etheridge Portland, CT
47 Dylan Rock Enfield, NH
63 CJ Bolton Weare, NH
66 Andy Shaw Center Conway, NH
81 Todd Owen Somers, CT
83 Michael Willis, Jr. Grantham, NH
92 Anthony Nocella Woburn, MA